Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Quansoo Farm

South Beach surf on Martha's Vineyard (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Quansoo Farm is located in Chilmark along the south shore (shown above) of Martha's Vineyard. It is one of the properties of the Sheriff's Meadow Foundation, whose mission is to conserve the landscape of the island.

The word Quansoo means "eel" or "long fish" in the Wampanoag (the native tribe of the island) language. The name is believed to refer to the migration of female eels who went through the farm's Black Point Pond on their way to the sea each fall. Quansoo is a prime spot for fishing and also boasts some of the island's best soil for farming.

I've never been to the farm and honestly don't have much to say about it, but I am grateful to it for giving me a "Q" word! :D



My A-Z of Martha's Vineyard theme is inspired by my book, The Ghosts of Aquinnah, which is set on the island. Click here for all the info on the book.

16 comments:

  1. At least you have a Q. That's all that matters. ;)Quansoo is an interesting word though.

    And the picture of the surf is lovely. :)

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  2. Quansoo is a great word-good idea to use it for the name of the farm.

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  3. Wouldn't want to get caught in a pool of eels though!
    Have a wonderful Easter, Julie.

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  4. LOL! I don't blame you--I mean, it's fish. Who wants fish? *gags*

    True Heroes from A to Z

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  5. I can't imagine swimming with all those eels-uneasy would come to mind

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  6. Love the picture of the beach surf! I wish I could just jump right into the picture and be there.

    Have a Happy Easter!

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  7. Quansoo - yes a great Q, Julie. It is important because of its connection with the conservation of the island.
    I had an easy Q - Quilting! LOL.
    On top of all this, at the moment I have husband and dog playing up - I think there's a conspiracy to drive me insane!
    Thankfully -easy Q and Sunday off.

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  8. Love the picture and the idea of female migrating eels. lol!

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  9. Interesting name & history. I've had to use a few places I didn't visit for my posts as well. Q & Z are tricky, I'm glad that Martha's Vineyard provided a Q for you! :)

    The Pedestrian Writer

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  10. I love that photo of the ocean.

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  11. With it being "farm" but the pic being of water, I wondered if it was a fish farm. Considering the story about the eels, it almost is! lol

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  12. Lol, I was wondering what you were going to do for Q! I'd never heard of it - I'll have to visit next time I'm on the island! I also visited your article on Cape Cod Women yesterday, and really enjoyed it :) Great stuff, Julie!

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  13. Q is a tough letter and you shared something interesting for it.

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  14. Such a peaceful place, and great for fishing/farming.
    Like Alex, not fond of eels, altho I have eaten them in Ely, England.

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  15. Oh goodness, eels! The horror! Good choice of a Q word, though!

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  16. Beautiful photo you've shared :)

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